Adding shut off valves to gas line

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Old 12-28-04, 06:57 AM
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Adding shut off valves to gas line

First post, new homeowner here. So you will probably see a lot of me here.

We are putting in a new gas stove(old one was gas) and I noticed that there is no shut off valve. Is it possible to just turn off the main gas line and add the valve? Or is there way more involved?

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Old 12-28-04, 07:16 AM
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terricksa, Welcome to the DIY Forums.
Do not understand why there is not a shutoff at the location. You didn't say if you had a basement or crawlspace. If so, there may be a valve there. It IS possible to shut off the gas at the main and install a valve. Make sure it is rated for gas and use a good pipe dope compound (RectorSeal#5) that is also rated for gas. After the valve is installed and gas back on, check for leaks with a solution of dish soap and water. You can spray it or use a paintbrush and look for bubbles. If you get bubbles you will have to shut the gas off again and tighten the connection that is leaking.
Check your local code office as some places have codes that only a licenced gas installer can work on gas lines.
Good luck.
 
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Old 12-28-04, 07:31 AM
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Yes I have a basement and looked around and couldn't find a shut-off.
 
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Old 12-28-04, 07:36 AM
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I have done houses where the contractor saves money by not installing valves (mostly water) and the customer always ends up wishing they had them. I put shutoffs on every fixture in my own home. The small amount I spend now, saves me from headaches later. Good luck.
 
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